The following articles are some of the most inspiring published stories of public sector leadership I have found.
Courage in Crisis
Ambassador Prudence Bushnell demonstrated great courage in trying to stop the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and in leading her staff in the aftermath of the 1998 bombing of US Embassy Nairobi by Al Qaeda.
General Bill Creech (1927-2003) orchestrated an extraordinary turnaround of the Tactical Air Command that ultimately swept through the rest of the Air Force and many other parts of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Inspirational FastCompany article about Mike Abrashoff, the former Captain of the USS Benfold, who unleashed the talents of his crew and--consequently--transformed Benfold into the best ship in the Pacific Fleet. The video below features Abrashoff himself telling part of his story.